Tilsner Artists' Cooperative

A Victorian Survivor in Lowertown

300 Broadway St N St. Paul, MN, 55101

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Although it was a prime candidate for the wrecking ball, the Tilsner Warehouse was also a beautiful building in a National Register Historic District and Artspace was asked to restore and convert the 1895 relic. Tilsner Artists' Cooperative showcases 66 units of affordable live/work space for creatives and their families. The striking example of Victorian Romanesque architecture has played a part in reviving the Lowertown neighborhood making it one of Saint Paul's most desirable places to live.


Architect: Miller Dunwiddie Architecture

Development Partner: Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation

City of Saint Paul; Family Housing Fund of Minneapolis & Saint Paul Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation; Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Minnesota State Housing Preservation Office; National Equity Fund; Saint Paul Historic Preservation Commission; Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority; Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development; U.S. Bancorp; Bush Foundation; City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; The McKnight Foundation; Northwest Area Foundation; Saint Paul Companies; and The Saint Paul Foundation

est. 1993

Type of Development

Live/Work Affordable Artist Housing

Number of Units


Total Area

128,223 sq. ft.


High ceilings, pine floors, exposed brick walls, wood beams, large windows, and modern kitchens and baths. Some units on the sixth floor have 20-foot ceilings. Building amenities include two seven-story atriums that flood the interior with light.